The Daughter of Lady Macbeth Paperback – 16 Feb 2017
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'Sensual, wise and raw, The Daughter of Lady Macbeth gets to the heart of what it means to be a mother, or wish you were.' -Rosemary Goring
'As befitting something which references one of Shakespeare's darkest female characters, The Daughter of Lady Macbeth has a shocking, violent and mysterious opening. Both timelines will keep you guessing.' --Stylist Magazine
'The Daughter of Lady Macbeth is an honest and often relentless exploration of relationships, identities and the friction between them.' -The Scottish Review
'Close's handling of her themes is exceptional... It's an appropriately visceral setting for a sensual novel which delves deep into the complex and dangerous relationship between mothers and daughters, in which tenderness and toxicity are laced together in an eternal braid.' --The Herald
...has a raw, desperate quality which strikes at the very heart of human frailty. --Undiscovered Scotland
About the Author
Born in Sheffield, Ajay Close worked as a newspaper journalist, winning several awards, before becoming a full-time author and playwright. Her first novel, Official and Doubtful, was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her fourth, A Petrol Scented Spring, was longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Her play, The Keekin Gless, was staged at Perth Theatre. The Sma Room Séance toured east Scotland and was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Top customer reviews
Close’s lyrical evocation of landscape is combined with an uncomfortably forensic examination of what it is to be human. Not just emotionally - few writers have examined so unflinchingly the smells of other human beings, for example. She displays total artistic control in her depiction of the shifting degrees of familiarity, dislike, anger and hurt that go into loving someone. This book is painful, disturbing, touching - and riveting.
This book gives her the perfect vehicle to do so.
I do not wish to give away any of the plot, just a general recommendation to read the book. However, I defy anyone to tell me that they had a dry eye by the time they came to the end of the story.
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